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yesterday i came 1st on the "going home" track. beat my record too.
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post #12 of 94
I don't believe this one bit.

I for one grew up playing Gran Turismo 1 with a steering wheel, and I will say that when you're young and cannot drive a real car, this is the next best thing other then driving some kind of recreational vehicle (go-kart,atv, etc.)

This sort of racing can only improve skills as you get practice on how to handle a vehicle. Mind you you need to have all the assists off so you actually get a feel for how a car would drive instead of the arcade like NFS games.
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post #13 of 94
Mmmm I somewhat disagree. Gran Turismo helped me learn how to handle downshifting through curves, it sort of gave me that coordination. It could also just be that I'm a natural for driving manual, but I think these guys just dislike the video game world in general. Gaming has come such a long way that it is now adopted worldwide by all ages. Things weren't like this in the N64/Dreamcast/PS1 days.

I agree with Kush, but I'd say even the least realistic racing games with steering wheels are a better learning experience than physically driving a gokart. In a video game, you don't have the sense of fear that you have when you first get into a car and drive on the road. You have nothing to worry about in a video game. Slam into walls all you want until you learn to apply your brakes and downshift properly.
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 2/2/11 at 7:29am
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post #14 of 94
Logical.

I don't play driving games, and I am an amazing driver.

My friend, however, always plays driving games... and is a terrible driver.
 
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post #15 of 94

I play GTA.



It's how I learned to drive.


post #16 of 94
This is why i don't drive for an hour after playing GT5. I consider myself 'intoxicated'.
post #17 of 94
Once again people confuse video games with reality.

Blame video games all you want, you (so-called researchers) are still warriors in my book.
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post #18 of 94
In other news,

People that drink while they drive tend to speed more, not stop for red lights and are less successful at carrying out every day maneuvers.

Video games are to blame for this.
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Imo this is slightly wrong, Me being a young driver (13), Sim racing games teach you how to downshift and take corners correctly, On my ATV i usually follow these lines and i'm a quite good driver, i've only ever driven two cars and they are very different to any cars in games.
You mainly have to not forget in real life there's no restart button, one crash and it might all be over.
Edited by Bubeerj - 2/2/11 at 8:01am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bubeerj View Post
You mainly have to forget in real life there's no restart button, one crash and it might all be over.
Forgetting that is a terrible idea.

People who drive real cars like they see in the movies or video games are irresponsible and a danger to everyone else on the road. On another note, this study sounds like a bunch of hot air, even though I'm sure there is a correlation between video games, age and poor driving.

I've had more than one friend like that, and more than one of them are very lucky to be alive.

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Those who play for more than eight hours a week have been in three times as many accidents as someone who plays for less than one hour.
Gee guys, that couldn't possibly be because the person who plays 8 hours a week is probably on the 17 year old end of the spectrum, and someone playing less than an hour on the 39 year old end of the spectrum.
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